Protect Your Teeth with a Dental Night Guard
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common yet frustrating issue that can severely impact your dental health. Experiencing teeth clenching is natural, but nightly or frequent grinding while you sleep can lead to severe dental and jaw conditions, painful headaches, and even tooth loss. Sleep bruxism refers to harsh grinding that happens during sleep. Unfortunately, most people do not realize they are suffering from sleep bruxism, or grinding.
As your trusted dentist in North Miami Beach, Sonrisas can recommend different treatments to help with bruxism.
How You Can Find Relief
Sadly, there is no cure for bruxism, but there are some things we encourage patients suffering from nighttime teeth grinding to do:
Sleep With a Dental Night Guard
Frequent grinding can wear down your teeth’s enamel and make them more vulnerable to cavities. However, wearing a dental night guard (sometimes referred to as ‘splints’) can help protect your teeth by stopping them from grinding against each other while you sleep.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Waich today to be fitted for a custom night guard.
Other Ways to Reduce Bruxism
- Reduce Stress. For many patients, teeth grinding is due to stress or anxiety. Learning relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, or therapy, are often very helpful in these cases. Try incorporating stress-relieving activities into your day-to-day routine, especially before bedtime, to see if this helps.
- Decrease Jaw Use. Eating chewy or sticky foods, including steak, nuts, popcorn, hard candies, and caramel, can further wear out your jaw and exacerbate symptoms of teeth grinding. Try adding foods to your diet that require less chewing or jaw use – such as mashed potatoes, soup, jello, or other soft foods.
- Adjust Your Sleeping Position. It may seem strange, but sleeping on your stomach or side can exacerbate bruxism. One way you can try to find relief is to sleep on your back.
- Exercise Your Jaw. While you certainly don’t want to cause jaw fatigue, there are certain mouth exercises that can help alleviate pain and symptoms associated with teeth grinding. Gently close your lips while preventing your top and bottom teeth from touching. Then, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth without touching your teeth, and hold the position for as long as possible.
The Best Deal on Night Guards in Miami
The best way to find relief for teeth grinding is by consulting with a dental professional. Because you may not know you are experiencing bruxism, your dentist may be able to identify signs of grinding at your next appointment. Sonrisas is now offering an incredible deal on night guards – get TWO custom-fit night guards for just $450! While you may find over-the-counter mouthguards at a drugstore, having ones customized to your unique mouth will provide the relief you need and give you the best protection. Invest in your dental health today and contact us to get started!